The Barren County Trojans dropped a narrow 52-51 decision in overtime at Warren East High School Tuesday night in Bowling Green.
“The game was close all the way through,” said Barren County coach Warren Cunningham. “I didn’t think either team shot the ball very well.
“It was one of those games where you had to just grind it out and execute. And I thought Warren East executed better than we did and that was the difference in the game.”
Nick Mabe led the pack with 13 points. Charley McCoy added 10 points, while Wade Coomer had eight. Ben Leftwich and Barrett Billingsley chipped in with seven points each. Bo Hubbard scored four points and Zach Mabe had two.
“I thought our defense was okay at times,” Cunningham said. “It was a half-court possession type of game and I thought we broke down a time or two.
“We’ve got to have a lot better focus in what we do and we have to execute better.”
Cunningham said he gives Warren East credit for their defensive effort Tuesday night.
The Trojans thrive off their ability to drive to the basket and if they don’t score, they want to get to the free-throw line.
“I thought Nick Mabe played well. I think he was the only one in double figures,” Cunningham said. “Most everyone else struggled.
“We tried to be aggressive and drive to the basket, but they did a good job of stopping that tonight.
“Tonight was a half-court possession type of game and we need to learn to be more patient.”
The Trojans must now prepare for a big District 15 battle on Friday.
Barren County will visit Monroe County in Tompkinsville, looking to avenge a loss to the Falcons earlier this year.